IRIS Movie of the Day
At least once a week a movie of the Sun taken by NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is posted by one of the scientists operating the instrument.
Side view of a solar flare in AR 12831
Credit: IRIS, LMSAL/NASA, Tiago Pereira
In early June 2021, AR 12831 emerged quickly near the solar limb. As it rotated away from view, it released several flares. In this movie, IRIS captured some of the flaring activity as the active region was at the solar limb. This rare side view of flares shows how the powerful releases of energy give rise to jets, and some of the material falls back on the solar surface.